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Statement of Rep. Welch in Response to White House Announcement on Syria

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"This announcement raises serious questions about the Administration's strategy in the region. There may be credible answers but, without the engagement of Congress consistent with the requirements of the Constitution, the American people will not get the answers to which they are entitled.

The biggest question raised by today's announcement is, "When will Congress finally accept its responsibility?' The Constitution is clear that only Congress can authorize war.

Make no mistake about it, this is a war. Yet, the legal framework justifying this war is loosely tied to the fumes of a Congressional authorization approved in response to the 9/11 attack on America over 14 years ago.

A civil war in Syria did not exist 14 years ago. ISIS did not exist 14 years ago. Neither the United States nor Russia were conducting military operations in Syria 14 years ago.

Every Member of Congress should debate and vote on the Administration's strategy. No more bobbing and weaving. We need to do our job."


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